Archive for May, 2008

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 5/24/08

May 24, 2008

I’ve been a bit lazy with the liveblogging lately, but I’m attempting to get back into form. I’m not exactly off to the best start with this one, because I’m already at the Sonderberg tape (a split with Ophibre, I might add) before I started typing these comments. Seems like I’m digging a lot of longer sounds/constructions so far this broadcast, so perhaps you’re in this mood as well? We’ll see how it goes…

I’ve got some Bikelophone recordings up next, live sound assembly from 2001. It’s been a while since I’ve heard this, but I wanted to bring it in for some reason. I’m as curious as anyone where this will lead.

Turns out the Bikelophone disc was a great transitional recording from Sonderberg’s sine tones into those of Satoru Wono– glad I brought it! Now I’m playing from one of Glenn Weyant’s D-Construction Sound Subscription Series of CDRs… a track called “Transition of Matter.” I’m actually really happy to hear this one, as it is very much something I would have liked to record myself. How wonderful to find someone having done it for me!

Oddly enough, I just had someone call in a request for Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “Noise at 6,” a recording from the JTTP Cache 2005 compilation. Not exactly the sort of request I’m used to receiving– it is both specific AND appropriate to my show, go fig! My caller was cut off partway through our conversation, however, so hopefully they’ll hear this.

Crass — Berkertex Bride
Costes — Ils Ont tue Costes
Charlemagne Palestine — Oberlin College Spectral Continuum
Eliane Radigue — Jetsun Mila (extract)
DaveX — Purification
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube (extract)
Adam Sonderberg — Untitled Music for Bell and Sine Tone
Stephen Schweitzer — Bikelophone, 12/12/01
Satoru Wono — Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise (extract)
Frank Rothkamm — B and B plus 33
Sabrina Siegel — Drop Bow Down Cello
Glenn Weyant — Transitions of Matter
Glenn Weyant — Matters of Transition
Nicolas Bougaïeff — Noise at 6
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Opiophobia
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain I
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain II
Ernesto Tomasini, Fabrizio M. Palumbo — Stoo Kuinnutu
Bearly Queen — Lost in the Snow
Marina Hardy — Mkay
Marina Hardy — Cowgypsy

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Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 5/17/08

May 17, 2008

CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Blackness Of Dark Space or Spyder Dances With Wisdom
CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Luggage Lost in the Dissatisfied Machine
William C. Harrington — Even Thin Galaxies Can Grow Fat
Samuel Sighicelli — L’intelligence Petrolifere
Samuel Sighicelli — Immensite des Villes
Transvalue Book III — I Have These Tears
The Feral Blood of Swagger Jack — My Good Guts
The Feral Blood of Swagger Jack — No Camping

Disappointment / Moon Crickets

May 14, 2008

Well, the Vatican hedged their bets, and ended up hanging its collective ass out. Too bad about NASA’s big announcement, though– I was hoping it would be the discovery of Planet X, or better yet, another habitable Earth-like planet… instead, they’ve discovered the most recent example of a supernova, one dating from around the time of the Civil War.

Still, it’s always fun to listen to a NASA briefing. One reporter just asked what would be my first question– in a nutshell, what’s the big deal with THIS supernova?

Uhh… did someone just ask about “moon crickets?” WTF? MOON CRICKETS!!! Now he’s asking about the Swoogy Supernova of 2007… ah, sounds like someone is goofing on NASA.

Hmm.. a quick visit to the Urban Dictionary confirms that moon crickets and swoogie are both racial epithets for African-Americans. Oh my. I’m guessing that must have been a reporter for the Pinhead Daily. Glad to see folks representing themselves so well.

Oh… and we end with someone screaming about vaginas… Yes, NASA folks, they ARE looneys.

As can be expected, I’ve been taping this conference. There’s some semi-interesting stuff going on still, despite the press conference officially being over. Sounds like someone left the mic on, maybe?

The Vatican covers its ass

May 14, 2008

So… the Pope’s “chief astronomer” now says that aliens could exist, and that some of them might even be free from original sin. Sounds to me like the Vatican is covering its ass for the day we dig E.T. up!

In the spirit of being helpful, here’s a few more amazing facts for the pope to add to his next muttering:

1) Tom Cruise might be a complete loon.

2) It’s entirely possible that corporate radio sucks audibly.

3) The teapot’s celestial orbit is more eccentric than originally thought.

Beating you over the head with it

May 9, 2008

In case I hadn’t made enough mention of the fact, I’m hosting a screening for Cristopher Cichocki’s film “Elemental Shift,” and it’s THIS SATURDAY MORNING!

If you’re local, or if you’re willing to drive, I encourage you to drop in at WDBX from 4-6:30 AM May 10th. This is a great film, with great noise, and there might even be live music afterwards. Plus, I have stickers with which to reward random people of my choosing!

Olinda radio calling me

May 9, 2008

I’m really excited about the BBC’s new “Olinda” radio. I’ll admit that, as an American, the whole BBC thing is a bit mystifying to me– but the Olinda is surely one of the more interesting, positive aspects that come from having such a powerful public broadcaster. Let’s be real, the best thing PBS ever offered was a tote bag.

Anyways, the Olinda is a radio with a detachable portion that will allow programmers and electronics enthusiasts the ability to create third-party applications and modules for the radio. It’s a pretty far-out concept in the physical world; but well-known to anyone familiar with Facebook, GoogleEarth, or even fan-fic if we stretch the analogy a bit… the radio is a useful platform that becomes more useful as we build upon it. Check this out:

“When you get the module you configure it to connect to your home wireless network and then you set it up with your friends. You’ll notice in the pictures that there are slots for your friends – these are wipe-clean spaces for writing your friends’ names or sticking in a picture. So each slot on the wireless is customised and configured to represent one of your friends. And each slot has an associated combined light and button.

Then whenever they are listening to the radio their slot on your radio will light up. And when you push the associated button your radio will show you what they are listening to. And if you want to listen alongside them? Just push select and it tunes to the station – you’re now listening alongside your friend.

So we hope this might provide a sense of community around your radio, harking back to the times when families and friends used to gather around the radio to listen. But Olinda provides this in a glance-able, non-intrusive manner. And it will start to support conversations around radio programming and the discovery of new shows and stations. Social networking for your radio.”

It’s doubtful I’ll ever see something like this around my area, but it is a very interesting idea– maybe interesting enough that I should attempt to explore it some in one of my next radio broadcasts, who knows?

Saved by a meme!

May 8, 2008

T’was a looking like a slow day for me, with nary a blog entry in sight– but Caleb Dupree put some wind in my sails with a hearty meme tagging. Here are the rules:

1) Pick up the nearest book.
2) Open to page 123.
3) Find the fifth sentence.
4) Post the next three sentences.
5) Tag three people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

Thankfully, I have recently been the glad beneficiary of an Amazon giftcard, and actually have some non-library-castoff books to read. And what happened to be nearest me? John Cage’s “Silence,” perched at the edge of my desk, just near the printer… underneath the remains of my coffeecake muffin.

Page 123 yields this portion of Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing,” from 1959:

“More and more                                       I have the feeling          that we are getting
nowhere.                   Slowly                    ,                                   as the talk goes on
,                                we are getting        nowhere                       and that is a pleasure
.                            It is not irritating    to be where one is          .”

In keeping with Rule #5, I’d like to tag “Of Sound Mind,” Kingo at his newly-resurrected “Squublog,” and (because I’ve also been reading R. Murray Schafer’s “The Tuning of the World,”) I’ll tag “Bike Mike.”

An open letter to Trent Reznor

May 6, 2008

I downloaded your new Nine Inch Nails release yesterday– and I’m still seeding– but what I’m wondering is when you’ll see fit to go WAY out with your music.

“Ghosts” was a great start, and so far I’m enjoying “The Slip”, but how about some complete weirdness? Seems to me that you have the freedom (and the tools!) to take a few willing listeners down the path you started way back at “Fixed” and “Further Down the Spiral.”

Wouldn’t it be fun to do an album like this as a stand-alone release rather than just a series of remixes? I’m excited already. Don’t let me down!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 5/3/08

May 4, 2008

Strange… there was nobody here when I arrived at the station today. Just the “emergency programming” spinning, which (for the 15 minutes or so I was listening to it) was a half-alright mix of delta blues and gloomy Texan ballads. A little David Bowie was playing when I came into the darkened studio… always a weird feeling to find the controls set to “phantom”…

On the upside, pledge drive is over. WDBX met its goal, so it looks like we’ll be here another season. I’m celebrating by playing the final 25-minute cut from Public Eyesore’s release of Anla Courtis, Seichi Yamamoto, and Yoshimi’s “Live at Kanadian.” I’ve been listening to this thing all week, trying to write a review of it, and I’m having a hell of a time. I’ll just say it’s rather resistant to being reviewed– every time I think I have a handle on this one, it slips away from me.

I’m afraid this isn’t going to be much of a “liveblog” this week– Aaron Jones, a local musician involved with experimental project Maggotapplewonderland, has come to hang out here in the Hi-Life Room. And let’s not neglect Karthik, now the proud owner of yet more amperage to wield in his sets. Anyhow, getting acquainted has taken precedence over liveblogging… luckily, there’s this wonderful playlist to keep you amused.

Brainiac — Hot Metal Dobermans
Brainiac — Fucking with the Altimeter
Anla Courtis, Seichi Yamamoto, Yoshimi — Live at Kanadian, pt.4
George Korein — Quiet Now
George Korein — Writhe, Sally Writhe
George Korein — God Give me Earlids
Rune Lindblad — Fragment 0
Rune Lindblad — Fragment 1
Conure — Some Vowed Abstinence
Conure — At First, We Didn’t Believe It
Rothkamm — Temporarily Unavailable OR Descent into LAX
Rothkamm — Los Angeles OR LATV
Rothkamm — Beehive OR Focal Point of Masonic Meditation
Shelf Life — tkcrdsuow
Shelf Life — cuswodkrt
Barry Chabala, Glenn Weyant — aZona
Barry Chabala, Glenn Weyant — soZona
Barry Chabala, Glenn Weyant — bZona
Warm Climate —  Forced Spring for Rising Tide
The Bastard Sons of Morton Subotnick — Nola EKG
Liteworks — Bermuda Conference
Chef Menteur — Aquavitae
King Ghidorah — Bring Me the Head of Michael Brown
Potpie — Blues for the Lower 9
Liteworks — Liteworks
Murmur — Secondary Fermentation

Interview with Cristopher Cichocki

May 2, 2008

I’ve been super-impressed with Cristopher Cichocki’s “Elemental Shift” DVD-R release for brand-new label Table of Contents, so much so that I did what I always do when I find an interesting artist– pick his brain with a bunch of questions! Lucky for us, Cichocki was more than willing to take a bit of time for STARTLING MONIKER, and provide some nice video links and photos as well. Be sure to tune in during my upcoming May 3rd broadcast, as I will be playing a portion of this disc– as well as making an important announcement about my broadcast for the 10th of May!

STARTLING MONIKER: Creating “Elemental Shift” took you over two years to accomplish. It’s beyond doubt that the editing alone was a grueling task– what was it connecting you to “Elemental Shift” that kept you going?

CRISTOPHER CICHOCKI: Well, it was really a question of when do I stop. Walking away is the hard part for me. I’ve gone through countless incarnations experimenting with my material, and the work continues to flux and re-fragment within my sets that I project in live venues and public spaces. Just like a band plays their set and has room for improvisation on each song from night to night, I re-edit my work each time I project it at a venue. It keeps it fresh and exciting for me, and also makes it much more than just showing my video again and again. Like an organism that can extend and embody itself into morphing hybrid forms, the material from Elemental Shift continues to evolve.

SM: I’ve read that you call your work “video composition,” which seems to imply a more musical approach to directing. Can you explain why you’re using this new term to describe “Elemental Shift”?

CC: The root of the project started from making audio tracks with field recordings that I’d manipulate and layer upon. I thought of releasing these early tracks in a straightforward fashion until I began to capture video and photos in the mix of my field recording journeys. Being influenced by Earthwork artists I’ve always liked the idea of extrapolating various audio and visual content from a specific site and then reintroducing those forms building a new cohesive entity. I call my work “video composition” because there is a symbiotic relationship of visual and audio being constructed in the process. The audio informs the visual on equivocal grounds, and both are composed in a see-sawing, back-forth method of experimental fragmentation. I build it up, I tear it down, again, and again.

SM: Noise art is often a music of limits; the limit of our willingness to listen to it, the limit of performers’ ability to push forward, and even the limits of pain have all been explored. I’m curious about your limits. What limits is “Elemental Shift” testing? What limited you in its creation? If you’re pursuing this direction in the future, what limitation do you hope to overcome the most?

CC: Well, I have many labor intensive ideas for video installations that are interactive with my painting, photography, and sculpture. It’s really just a matter of budget and context until I can manifest these works. As far as other ideas of limitation, I think my work has a maximal element that many noise artists are invested in, but I’m equally interested in minimalism as well. I’m interested in the narrative of emotion that a roller coaster provides. You have a slow ride up to the top in anticipation, then switch into hyper full throttle on your way down. You repeat this over and over again, still interested in the next phase.

SM: For much of “Elemental Shift,” the visual pacing could really only be described as frenetic. However in the last section, a nearly static cityscape dominates the frame, with only a few small movements. Eventually, it is replaced with darkness while the music continues. What is your intent in this final portion of the work?

CC: Most of the first half hour in Elemental Shift blazes by with a fury of fast paced over-stimuli. The minimalist ending with the LA nightscape is an opportunity for people to come out of that hypnotic overload and take a breather within a vast environment of fresh smog.

SM: What musicians and filmmakers are you excited about right now?

CC: I definitely think there’s a huge list of artists doing really exciting things right now. Some of which are listed here…

SM: What do you have coming up? Will “Elemental Shift” be showing at film festivals?

CC: I should submit to film festivals, but haven’t given it much thought to be honest. I’m currently working intensively on my side project with Ryan Seymour called State Rec (State Recreation) which is a site/ non-site noise video project that incorporates live footage of us performing at the Salton Sea and other abandoned desert areas not too far from where I live. I just finished up a music video for Foot Village, a band I toured with to SXSW.

I’m also making a handful of videos for Kevin Shields, Gerritt, Rale, Warm Climate, and others far too gruesome to mention. I’ll be certain to keep you posted.

Happy May Day!

May 1, 2008

As always, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy May Day– if the last year of struggling for basic human rights, peace, and reason have got you down; and if another year of combating poverty, ignorance, and waste looks to be too much to bear– take this small message of solidarity to heart.

For the rest of you– take your National Day of Prayer, and shove it up your ass.